Akron-Canton’s Fred Krum has passed away

This post is as much a personal note as it is professional one: we take note of the passage of Fred
Krum, the man who ran the Akron/Canton airport and more or less single-handedly made CAK, as the airport’s known, into a center for low fares that competed, and competed successfully, with its giant neighbor some 38 miles to the west, Cleveland Hopkins. Krum was director of the northeastern Ohio airport for 28 of his 33 years of service there. He was able to lure AirTran, which has thrived there, as well as Frontier, providing a balance to the presence of Southwest at Hopkins. Fred retired last September when medical conditions had slowed him down; he was only 57 when the brain tumor that had slowed him finally was to claim him.

The airport and its indefatigable marketing and communications manager, Kristie van Auken, have produced a page about Fred. If there’s a moral, maybe it’s this: airports may well be the products of local bureaucracies and governments and may well be run by committees, but it only takes one strong individual to master those strictures and make one set of runways and terminal buildings into a real force for competition and for public service.

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8 Responses to Akron-Canton’s Fred Krum has passed away

  1. Kristie March 4, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    Thank you, David. Fred had such an amazing impact on so many folks here at CAK, our community, our region and the aviation industry. He embodied all that was right and true, and I am the lucky one to have worked for and learned from him.

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